Who?

Innovista equips Christian leaders for mission in disadvantaged communities in the UK and around the world.  This small charity is providing a unique role by training and equipping leaders to help transform communities.

Why Fundraising Consultants Ltd?

The Supporter Development Director asked a colleague at the Trussell Trust to recommend ‘a great trust fundraiser’ and he recommended Sarah, having worked with her previously at the Bible Society. Following a video conference tool with Innovista’s Director, we were commissioned to do a three day audit of the charity’s trust fundraising.

What we did

Innovista is very reliant on income from grant-making foundations to deliver its life changing work in the UK and overseas. Innovista wanted to ensure that its trust fundraising programme was as effective as possible and commissioned Fundraising Consultants Ltd to do a fundraising audit of their trust fundraising.

The work involved reviewing past funding applications, reports, research and reviewing key metrics such as funder retention rates, average grant size, income and expenditure.  As part of the work we interviewed the Trust Fundraiser, Director of Supporter Relations and the charity’s Founding Director.

The work culminated in a detailed report, outlining key findings and recommendations.

What difference have we made?

Innovista found the support extremely helpful and have requested additional help with implementing some of our recommendations. Here is what they said:

“We recently asked Sarah to carry out an audit of our trust fundraising and to seek her professional advice about how we could make some improvements to this area of our work. We found Sarah to be an excellent resource, combining her wealth of experience, her strategic insights and her warm and engaging manner. Inviting a consultant in and exposing organisational weaknesses can be a rather daunting exercise but we found that Sarah brought empathy and understanding which made it far easier to go through the process. At the end of three days’ work, Sarah delivered a comprehensive report which covered a range of issues from the strategic to the operational and raised some key areas where change was needed. We hope to be able to further engage Sarah as we work through her recommendations and just wanted to say a huge thank you!”

Mary Oakes, Director of Supporter Development, Innovista.